The Agony Scene - _Get Damned_
(Century Media, 2008)
by: Jackie Smit (7.5 out of 10)
It might just be my ears are failing me, but I get the distinct impression that more and more metalco... excuse me, modern metal bands are starting to jettison much of their more juvenile caterwaling for something distinctly vintage. Don't believe me? Try on the last records by Throwdown and Sworn Enemy for size; both two premier exponents of the genre, now thrashing away like it's 1986. With their third full-length, The Agony Scene have followed suit -- at least to a degree.

Opening tune "Barnburner" is a slice of pure mid-tempo rock 'n' thrash goodness, with not a Scandinavian melody or clean-sung chorus to be found. Instead, Tulsa's native sons focus on what 2005's _The Darkest Red_ proved them highly adept at and its successor is subsequently awash with monster hooks and seriously heavyweight riffing. Mike William's vocals likewise come across as infinitely superior to the band's previous outings, managing to salvage even those moments -- and unfortunately the record does have its share of those -- when The Agony Scene appear to fall back into old habits.

(article published 2/3/2008)


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